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SEIA celebrates Earth Day by 'flipping the switch' on huge new solar facility
SEIA
In celebration of the 43rd annual Earth Day, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, released a statement regarding the growing importance of the solar energy industry.
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Solar trade group adds federal affairs staffer
The Hill
SEIA has named its new vice president of federal affairs. Christopher Mansour will join SEIA after spending the last four years as the interior department's director of congressional and legislative affairs.
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Solar becomes single largest source of new grid capacity in the US
Electric Light & Power
For the first time, solar energy accounted for all new utility electricity generation capacity added to the U.S. grid in March, according to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's March 2013 "Energy Infrastructure Update." More than 44 megawatts of solar electric capacity was brought online from seven projects in California, Nevada, New Jersey, Hawaii, Arizona and North Carolina. All other energy sources combined added no new generation.
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100-year old building gets solar panels
WWLP-TV
VideoBriefTo celebrate Earth Day a business in Springfield, Mass., is going green. EcoBuilding Bargains celebrated the installation of a 140-kilowatt solar panel system on the roof of its Warwick Street facility. The nonprofit operates out of a building that's more than 100 years old.
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Rooftop solar seen protecting US power grid from attack
Bloomberg
The U.S. power grid is vulnerable to terrorist attacks, and the growing use of rooftop solar panels will provide protection against lengthy blackouts, the chairman of the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said.
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Solar-powered plane takes off, flies for 16 hours
NBC Bay Area
A solar-powered plane that had a successful-but-short test flight took off into the sun in the hopes of soaring across the Bay Area for its longest route yet — 16 hours. The flight is a technical test run to prepare for a planned cross-country trip beginning in early May.
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The simple math behind solar power's expansion
Big Data Download via Yahoo Finance
VideoBriefAs electricity prices rise for homeowners and businesses alike, alternative energy is getting more popular — and solar power in particular is seeing a lot of growth. Solar installations were up 76 percent last year compared with 2011, with 3.3 gigawatts installed across the country, according to SEIA. About 1.2 American households currently use solar energy, according to an annual report released by the trade group.
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Assurant flipping switch on large solar array at Springfield campus
Columbus Business First
Assurant Specialty Property unveiled the Springfield-Dayton region's largest solar array, built atop rooftops and parking canopies at its campus in Springfield, Ohio. The $7 million, 6,200-panel installation is the first of its kind for parent Assurant Inc., a New York-based specialty insurance company.
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Photoblog: Assurant celebrates Earth Day with new solar array
Solar Power World
This Earth Day, Solar Power World crossed the Ohio countryside for the dedication of a 1.76-megawatt solar array at Assurant Specialty Property. Assurant launched the nation's first specialized insurance and warranty management program for commercial-scale solar installations in May 2012. A solar installation of its own, which includes rooftop and carport arrays, was just a matter of time.
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Solar jobs outnumber ranchers in Texas, actors in California
CNNMoney
There are more solar energy workers in Texas than there are ranchers. In California, they outnumber actors, and nationwide, America has more solar workers than coal miners. Those stats come from solar research group The Solar Foundation, which rolled out a map howing which states have the most solar jobs.
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What you need to know about shopping for solar panels
GigaOm via Bloomberg Businessweek
Following a record-breaking year for rooftop solar panels in the U.S. in 2012, you can expect a flood of information overload on how to go about getting solar panels installed on your rooftop. Choosing the right solar panel service company has long required a considerable amount of detective work to figure out what you want and what you need.
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California leads US in solar-related jobs
The Sacramento Bee
California ranks first in the United States with 43,700 solar energy-related jobs — or nearly 37 percent of the national total — according to a new report by the Solar Foundation, a nonprofit solar research and education organization.
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Powering America: How solar energy creates green jobs and
grows the economy

EcoWatch
Calling job creation in America a "shared goal," SEIA joined other trade associations, labor unions, environmental groups and business and community advocates in pushing for new efforts to address climate change, rebuild America's aging infrastructure and foster innovation.
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Go green: Sports stadiums save energy
USA Today
Of the 126 pro teams in the five major sports, 38 use renewable energy for at least some of their needs, and 68 have energy-efficiency programs. Eighteen venues have installed solar panels. "Virtually all" have or are developing recycling and composting programs.
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Wal-Mart adjudged as largest on-site green power generator
Southeast Green
Wal-Mart released its sixth annual Global Responsibility Report, titled "The Responsibility to Lead." The report highlights Wal-Mart's top achievements in 2012 to reduce its impact on the environment and improve efficiency.
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SEIA celebrates Earth Day by 'flipping the switch' on huge new solar facility
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In celebration of the 43rd annual Earth Day, Rhone Resch, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association, released a statement regarding the growing importance of the solar energy industry.

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Solar power shines in March
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Each year, the industry has been growing — not hard when you're so small, but still. Now, for the first time, solar energy accounted for all new utility electricity generation capacity added to the U.S. grid in March, SEIA announced.

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5 supersized solar projects transforming the clean energy landscape
U.S. Department of Energy
2012 marked a record year for America's solar industry. From commercial to residential, every sector experienced significant growth, but the clear standout of 2012 was utility-scale solar.

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Arizona near the top for solar employment
Phoenix Business Journal
Arizona's solar industry has 9,800 direct jobs, ranking it second in the country behind only California, according to one of the first nationwide surveys on the industry's employment creation.
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119,000 reasons why solar is US' success story
Forbes
Every state in the union has benefited from solar power's remarkable growth over the last few years. In an actual headcount of employees, Washington, D.C.-based The Solar Foundation has found 119,000 employees in solar companies across the country.
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Indianapolis solar shines, but will the boom continue?
Midwest Energy News
Indianapolis is seeing a boom in solar development, with at least three major solar farms in the works, numerous other significant solar projects proposed and a city initiative to create installations on municipal sites.
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Vermont town considers solar power project
Rutland Herald
At a recent meeting, the Select Board will be considering a proposed agreement to lease town land to a solar-powered electricity generation project in Manchester, Vt. No details have been released about the proposal, and town officials are not disclosing the name of the company proposing the project.
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Saudi Arabia looks to NREL for solar monitoring expertise
Clean Technica
Saudi Arabia is jumping headlong into renewable energy, with plans to install more solar and wind power in the next 20 years than the rest of the world has installed to date. The oil-rich kingdom of Saudi Arabia is working with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory for training and expertise in measuring its solar resource.
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Commentary: We need a sunrise, not sunset, for energy choice in Arizona
Arizona Capitol Times
Fearing an inevitable change to their monopoly status, utilities are trying to kill net metering, a successful policy in 43 states that gives property owners fair credit for the solar they put on the grid. One writer said it's "like the rollover minutes on your cell phone bill" but also one of the best policy tools to help homes, businesses and schools invest private capital to install solar on their properties.
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